What is the study area for the project?

    The project includes Water Street, from Terminal Road to the Cogswell Interchange.

    Why is this project necessary?

    Water Street is an important corridor in downtown Halifax, and has been identified for key improvements that will enhance how people use it to move within and through the area:

    • Water Street is designated as a 'Transit Priority Corridor' in the municipality's Integrated Mobility Plan (IMP) and Halifax Transit's Moving Forward Together Plan (MFTP).
    • It was recently approved by Halifax Regional Council as an 'All Ages and Abilities (AAA)' bicycle route.                
    • Water Street is also an important pedestrian corridor, seeing considerable pedestrian activity including tourists exploring downtown Halifax, commuters accessing the harbour ferries, and downtown residents and workers going about their daily activities.
    • Current streetscaping features on Water Street are inconsistent and some features have deteriorated over time. Design guidelines for future reinstatement of the pedestrian right of way will be developed as part of the project.

    Water Street presents many exciting opportunities as a signature street in downtown Halifax. However, given the many demands on the street, planning for its future presents some challenges. In an effort to consider the various possibilities in terms of multimodal accommodation, land use planning, and urban design, the municipality is undertaking a functional planning and design process for the Water Street corridor.

    Will there be protected bicycle lanes on Water Street?

    The Active Transportation Priorities Plan (2014) identifies Water Street as proposed all ages and abilities (AAA) cycling connection, providing a northbound connection for cyclists that pairs with the southbound cycling connection of Hollis Street.  In 2019, Halifax Regional Council approved a northbound ‘AAA’ protected bicycle lane on Water Street. Therefore, the functional design will include a protected bicycle lane.

    Will there be dedicated bus lanes on Water Street?

    The Integrated Mobility Plan (IMP) and Halifax Transit’s Moving Forward Together Plan (MFTP) designates Water Street as a ‘Transit Priority Corridor’. The functional plan will consider the addition of transit priority measures (e.g. dedicated bus lanes, transit signal priority, queue jumps, etc.) along Water Street to improve reliability of transit.